Random Review: Panini Blitz app Round 2

In my first review of the Blitz app, I said that I would follow up with my thoughts if I still used the app. To see my first one, you can find it here: Random Review: Panini NFL Blitz app

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Let’s start with my thoughts and relevant information on features.

Trade: I have caught myself trading just to trade. I wasn’t trading for cards I needed because searching for them is too hard, even with improvements. I have found that cards that fall under ‘Blitz Promo’ has led to my mass confusion. If that category was eliminated or streamlined, I would enjoy it more. I would like to see rewards expanded here; perhaps for team sets. That would stimulate trading.

Case Breaker: Nice idea in context but in function it is not great. When you buy into a break they show the sorting of cards which is too slow. The prices are unreasonable; and I am not just saying that because my team is a premium team with this draft class. With the way the app is designed, there isn’t a benefit to your collection and status by just collecting one team.

Pack Battle: Cool idea but naturally glitchy since it is new. When the bugs stop, I must say that they do a good job of translating different positions to each other.

Contest: This is where the fun is for me. It is probably the only reason why I have stuck around with this for as long as I have. It is like fantasy football redux with cards.

My Status: There isn’t a reward for updated statuses. I don’t get why decision makers seem to think that status levels being upped are a benefit for people. They are not. Me having a higher level than others I know means nothing to me, or any rational person. In fact I want a lower status because it means that I have a life away from the app.

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I do like how they give you options to earn money for packs instead of paying for extra coins. Since a lot of people are unaware of this feature, pictures of where to find it and what it looks like are included below.

Not enough emphasis on base cards. Autographs and game used are lost in the shuffle. It feels like they are treated with more value than base cards but less valuable than insert sets. One could argue that they are on par with inserts but to me that is a problem, as I feel they need to be treated with more value.

Overall the app does a good job of marketing current card products. Other than the fantasy like ‘contest,’ I feel the product is just another app. It does nothing else. Collectors don’t get any tangible benefits from it. Its great when I have a hunger for cards and can’t afford to buy them but that’s it.

I don’t see myself playing beyond the Super Bowl. I have said that I didn’t see myself playing much longer before and ended up playing more. Really though, I say this with a more level head. My usage of the app has gone way down. I really only open it for the contest and to claim more money for when I do want to open packs on it.

So if you want to add me as a friend on it, my username is PANDANWH. I add anyone that follows me on it and accept any trade for my doubles.

Random Review: Panini NFL Blitz app

I have never been one to try card apps. They aren’t my cup of tea. With all of the hype surrounding the new NFL Blitz app, I figured that I would give it a try.

First things first, I questioned if this was a Panini app. When I see a ‘b’ with sports cards, I think Bowman and not Panini.

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Here is a sampling of the cards in packs. This is front and back. Trying to swipe the cards to see my whole pack has been impossible. Last night I couldn’t see more than one card, today I have been able to get through three before giving up. So clearly the app is a work in progress.

 

There are way too many things that I don’t like about the app. Between the fact that it is slow on my brand new phone, trying to add friends is glitchy, and I still can’t get past the fact that I can’t get these cards in my possession if I pull anything good.

For example, I pulled a Joe Mixon autograph. What are the benefits to this? What good is an autograph card if you can’t have it in person? Here is another thing, when I tried to find it to take a screenshot of it for you guys, I was unable to do so. All I could find was what cards I had in a checklist. With so many variations and scrolling in the app being a work in progress, I can’t even see my own cards unless I open the trade feature. I searched for five minutes and couldn’t without it thinking that I wanted a checklist that I was scrolling by opened.

Sorry Panini but you fail with this app. Even taking away digital cards being digital cards. It feels like they rushed this app and debuted it well before it was ready. Normally kinks are manageable and to be expected for the first few weeks but I can’t see myself having much patience as their isn’t a payoff for this collector unless there are drastic changes. The fact is that a lot of us are taking a flier on this app because of it being advertised in packs. The novelty will quickly wear off for those of us who are not digital collectors. At least the cards presented in it are nice but if I wanted to look at nice cards, I would stalk a live break. My professional duties are taking care of social media for organizations. This app will be the first to go the instant that I think it is affecting the rest of my phone. As it is I am running out of patience.

Until I run out of patience, you can add me: PanDanWH. If I stay on for longer than a month, I will do another review to see how much of what I said holds up. I know that things are fluid with the app. Perhaps it will get good.